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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Joe Perez watches the Canyon football team practice. mm rn SPORTSThursday, April 21,2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7A Herald-Zeitung COMING SATURDAY V € Revenge-minded SY baseballer out to even score vs. SA Reagai I. ..Ah*- I To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Spurs cap schedule with loss to Wolves MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timber-wolves’ lost season finally came to an end Wednesday night with a 95-73 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, already looking ahead to a first-round playoff matchup with Denver. Ndudi Ebi had a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds and Michael Olowokandi had IO points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who outre-bounded the Spurs 58-39. Tim Duncan played only 23 minutes for the Spurs, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. They will open the playoffs Sunday at home against the Nuggets. For the Timberwolves, it was an anticlimactic ending to a monumentally disappointing season filled with contract squabbles, a coaching change and uninspired effort, the last of which completely befuddled interim coach Kevin Mcl lale. Last year, the Timberwolves seemed poised to enter the NBAs elite when they broke a string of seven straight first-round playoff exits and advanced to the Western Conference finals. This year they were 19-12 down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. Kevin Garnett left the court for the final time this season with IO minutes to go in the fourth. I Ie finished with 15 points and ll rebounds and Trenton I las-sell added 19 points. See SPURS, Page 8A Astros’ bats ring in win vs. Brewers HOUSTON (AP) — Adam Everett and Craig Biggio led off the first inning with back-to-back homers Wednesday night, and Roy Oswalt outpitched an ailing Ben Sheets to lead the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the reeling Milwaukee Brewers. Everett went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Oswalt (3-1) worked eight strong innings for his third straight win, giving up one run on four hits. He shuck out seven without walking a batter. Houston showed a rare burst of power early, roughing up Sheets to hand the Brewers their sixth straight loss and seventh in the past eight games. Everett and Biggio connected on Sheets’ third and fourth pitches of the game for the Astros, who entered ranked 29th in the league in homers. Everett’s first homer of the season landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field, 342 feet away. Biggio followed with a 389-foot shot to left, giving Houston a 2-0 lead. Astros third baseman Mike Lamb, starting in place of Morgan Ensberg, tripled in the sixth and scored on See ASTROS, Page 8A 'HE DAILY -l-C-K-E-T I Clinching proposition Smithson Valley softballers can wrap up 26-5A title vs. SA Madison Time: 6 p.m. 27-4A wraps season NB, Canyon softballers end regular seasons at home, on road Time: 7p.m. Baseball teams In playoff hunt Canyon, New Braunfels, Smithson Valley continue push for playoff berths. Time: 7 p m. NB, Canyon dominate 28-4A soccer teams By Will Wright Sports Editor Far and away the top teams in boys and girls play this season, the New Braunfels and Canyon soccer teams placed the majority of individuals on District 28-4A elite squads, released Tuesday. The district champion Unicorns boys (18-6-2) placed five players on the first team and four on the second team, while the league champion Cougarettes (25-3-2) placed all 11 starters — five on the first team; four on the second and three honorable mentions — on the girls list. Canyon’s boys (13-13), the 28-4A runners-up, had four players make the top team and three on the second team. New Braunfels’ girls (22-9-1), which also finished second in the district but made it to last week’s state tournament, also had 11 make the teams — five on the first team and three each on the second team and honorable mention. On both ballots by the boys and girls league coaches there were no superlatives awarded, such as for most valuable player, the top offensive or defensive players or for coach of the year. There was also no honorable mention awarded for the boys teams. All squads were based upon statistics during the regular season only. The first-team standouts for New Braunfels boys included leading scorer and junior Andrew Latiolais (46 points during the regular season), second-leading scorer and senior Sean Murray (36 pts.), and senior goalkeeper Chris Gerhardt (0.90 goals-against average). For Canyon’s boys, it was senior Drew Stephens (13 goals; 7 assists), sophomore defender Chase Wilke and sophomore goalie Steven Schriewer, who allowed 1.54 goals per game and posted seven shutouts. Canyon’s girls were led by a host of players, most notably seniors Sarah Redwine and Jenny Holm, junior midfielder Georgia I laas and senior goalie Ashley Gosdin. Its Holm’s fourth straight See SOCCER, Page 8A Drilling for gold in the spring ALL-DISTRICT 28-4A SOCCER TEAMS MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Canyon coaches Donnie Slater, center, and Jimmy Keresztury guide a player through a passing drill Wednesday during the Cougars' first day of spring practice. The All-District 28-4A soccer teams, as selected by league coaches: BOYS FIRST TEAM New Braunfels — Erie Schwind, D, Sr.; Sean Murray, F, Sr.; Andrew Latiolais, F, Jr.; Jacob Gallegos, MF, Jr.; Chris Gerhardt, GK, Sr. Canyon — Chase Wilke, D, So.; Collin Bennett, F, Jr.; Drew Stephens, MF, Sr.; Steven Schriewer, GK, So. Burbank — Biyan Ealy, D, So.; Franasio Galvan, F, Sr. Lanier — Angel Garcia, D, Jr.; Luis Perez, F, Sr.; Azriel Lopez, F, So. Edison — Mark Espinosa, F, Jr. Fox Tech — Martin Camarillo, F, Fr. Brackenridge — Carlos Barrera, MF, Sr.; Juan Valdez, MF, Sr. Sam Houston — Pablo Cardona, F, Sr. SECONDTEAM New Braunfels — Josh Meurin, D, Jr.; Cad Gerkin, D, Jr.; Justin Dunn, MF, Sr.; Aaron Murray, MF, Jr. Canyon — Riley Lynch, D. Sr.; Reece Zunker, D, So.;T.J. Bracker, MF, Sr. Burbank — Oscar Herrera, D, Jr.; Samuel Navarro, MF, Jr. Fox Tech — Jose Espino, D, Sr.; Hector Perez, GK, So. Edison — Raul Cruz, MF, Jr. Lanier — Now Quinones, D, Jr.; Bernardo Moreno, MF, Jr.; Raul Camarena, MF, So. Brackenridge — Oscar Armen-dariz, F, Sr.; Perfecto Lozano, MF, Sr. Sam Houston — Edwin Bates, D, Jr. GIRLS RRSTTEAM New Braunfels — Tracey Whitley, MF, Sr.; Christina Racaneili, D, Jr.; Samie Lingamfelter, D, Jr.; Michelle Whitley, F, Fr.; Maegan Harber, F, Jr. Canyon — Jenny Holm, MF, See 28-4A, Page 8A NB vaulter Koenig pens with University of Houston By Will Wright Sports Editor New Braunfels pole vaulter Laura Koenig is about to see four years of hard work pay off. It’s not that the senior isn’t excited about her immediate future, which includes her fourth trip to the regional track meet and possible third straight appearance at state. She’s perhaps even more enthralled with getting a scholarship to attend the University of Houston. Koenig, flanked by her family and coaches, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to attend UH. “It’s a real good track program and the academics are real good,” she said. “I was looking at walking on at UT, but UH offered me a scholarship. I thought when I visited there that it had real good facilities and coach (UH assistant Kyle Tellez). Koenig has been involved in the pole vault in each of her four years at New Braunfels. She qualified for her first regional in her freshman year and has returned each spring since. Koenig advanced to the University Interscholastic League’s state meet each of the past two seasons. She said she placed fourth at each, jumping 11 feet, 6 inches both times. Her 11-foot jump won the event at last week’s District 27-4A meet and set her up for a chance at becoming a threetime state qualifier. The 4A-Region IV meet will be held April 29-30 at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium. Koenig, who has vaulted a season-best 11-3 this year, believes she can do better. “I’d love it if I were to do 12 feet,” she said. Koenig is undecided on a college major, which isn’t what she has on her mind right now. She said she’s pumped about going to college, however. “I am so excited,” she said. “I think I’ll like it because I have a lot of family in the area.” NBISD New Braunfels pole vaulter senior Laura Koenig, bottom right, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to the University of Houston. Koenig is joined by her parents, Sue, bottom left, and Karl Hanner, top right, personal coach Kris Allison and NB track coach Bethany Grissom. MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Andrew Latiolais (16), left, and Canyon's Jenny Holm, right, were named among the top District 28-4A soccer players after helping lead their teams to district championships this spring. ;